THE OFFICIAL SUPERBOY DVD CAMPAIGN VIDEO ADVERTISEMENTS
History of the Series: The Superboy series was brought to the screen by executive producers Ilya & Alexander Salkind, the producers of the first three Superman movies and the 1984 Supergirl movie (this series and the release of the 1988 Superman animated series on CBS, coincided with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Superman character that year). The series, ironically, came about a year after DC Comics had “erased” the character of Superboy from their continuity in The Man of Steel reboot by John Byrne. Nevertheless, the show went on in October 1988 with John Haymes Newton playing the lead role of Superboy/Clark Kent, along with Stacy Haiduk as love interest Lana Lang, and Jim Calvert as Clark’s college roommate T.J. White.
This version of “Superboy” featured Clark Kent/Superboy in college at Shuster University in Siegelville, Florida (names which reference Superman’s creators, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel). This was, of course, due partially to the fact that the show was filmed in Orlando, Florida. This was the first weekly TV series to be produced at the then new Disney/MGM Studios. For the second season onward, the series moved several miles down Interstate 4 to Universal Studios Florida, the largest motion picture and television sound facility outside Hollywood, where it was then showcased as that studio’s first weekly television product. At first, much of the action centered around stories that Clark and T.J. reported on for the college newspaper, the Shuster Herald. All the exterior scenes shot at “Shuster University” are actually filmed on the main campus of the University of Central Florida. Siegelville, however, was depicted as a coastal city, as evidenced by imagery of both the new and old Sunshine Skyway Bridges in St. Petersburg, Florida, in the opening credits.
DVD Official Release 2006 History: Creative/executive producer Ilya Salkind has revealed at the Superboy Homepage on February 7, 2008, that “It is a matter of time that the rest of the series will hit DVD.” Salkind also stated that “sales (for Season 1) were relevantly on the good side according to the sales on Amazon.com back in June of 2006 it was among the top DVD sets. Season One was very successful and it would only be logical that Warner Bros will follow eventually in the future with the rest of the series.”
The recent Siegel Case over the rights of Superboy have nothing to do with the Superboy TV series. Warner Bros owns the distribution rights to the series. It is WB’s ultimate decision as when to release the final three season sets. The dispute between Salkinds, WB, and Viacom has been resolved which was why Season One was released back in 2006. (Sam J. Rizzo – www.superboyhomepage.com) Since 2006, there have been no further season releases of the series onto DVD. Which begs to question what is Warner Bros. waiting for another Superman film or waiting for Smallville to end to release the final three seasons of The Adventures of Superboy.
HERE IS WHAT WE AS SUPERBOY FANS CAN DO!!!
PHASE I: WB ONLINE CUSTOMER SERVICE CAMPAIGN
This is the most convenient and easy-to-use campaign. To participate in this phrase of the campaign, all you have to do is visit Warner Bros Online customer service site and fill out the form to send to them. In the “This is regarding” drop-down menu, chose “Home Video & DVD” and in the comment box, write your own paragraph or two explain why The Adventures of Superboy Seasons 2, 3, & 4 deserves to be released on DVD. Once you have completed your e-mail just make sure to fill out the rest of the form, send it and then your are done. Easy!
Rules in writing to WB:
– Be polite and not demanding
-Sound well informed on the topic
– Encourage them to pass on your request to the appropriate department
-Include your name & hometown at the end of your e-mail.
-Inquire what you want to see in the season box sets like featurettes, promos, behind-the-scenes footage, etc.
PHASE II: ONLINE PETITION POWERED BY IPETITIONS.COM
Now that the official DVD Campaign is underway. Why not add one more phase to cover all the basis. Here is a petition site which is powered by IPetitions.com where fans of the series and well as actors from the show can go and sign their names to endorse this official DVD Campaign. Thanks again for all the support from around the web and from fellow Superman sites…Hopefully we can accomplish our goal.
To Sign the Official DVD Campaign Petition that will be sent to Warner Bros. Just Click on the Link Below:
PHASE III: WARNER BROS HOME VIDEO STAFF CONTACT INFO
These are the staff members at Warner Bros we need to convince with the DVD Campaign to ensure the last three seasons on DVD. I ask you help in sending a printable post-card, letter, or fax in regards to helping the Official Adventures of Superboy DVD Campaign. Here is the contact information for each one of the Warner Bros Home Video Staff that we should aim the campaign too.
Philippe Cardon, Executive President, International
George Feltenstein, SVP Classic Catalog Marketing
Kristin Grosshandler, Executive
Mark Horak, Executive EVP / GM
Ron Sanders Executive President / CEO
Warner Bros Home Video
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
These are the people that the Official Superboy DVD Campaign needs to convince at Warner Bros to help ensure the last three seasons make it to DVD and Blu-Ray. I ask that fellow Superman and Superboy fans help in this campaign by leaving a short message on one of the above WB staffs voice mails. Please remember to conduct yourself professionally when leaving messages with WB. Tell them how much you enjoyed the series and how you would enjoy to see the rest of the series. Any help would greatly be appreciated. Don’t forget to go sign the ipetition, this petition will be sent in to each of the individuals listed above so your comments and names on the petition are greatly valued in adding to the campaign and bring the last three seasons of Superboy to DVD and Blu-Ray High-Def Discs.